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Publishing entrepreneurs: Balancing the books: Fifty-eight years of filling gaps and breaking barriers

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Affiliations: 1: Born in 1929 in Czechoslovakia, Ernest Hecht arrived in Britain as a Kinder Transport child in 1939. Educated at the Polytechnic Secondary school, he read Economics and Commerce at Hull University College. He started Souvenir Press in 1951 with capital of £250. Now in its fifty-eighth year as an independent publisher Souvenir has some 500 titles in print and has had No 1 bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Hecht, an ardent soccer fan, supports the Arsenal and Brazil football teams. He was the first recipient of the British Book Awards Lifetime Achievement award, is a past Chairman of the Society of Bookmen, was awarded the Neruda medal by the Chilean Government and an honorary fellowship by University College London.


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